Craft of Preaching

Sermon Development

Tips for effective proclamation, from advance prep work to gathering feedback.

Authentic Preaching: How to Prophesy

No one is a prophet because they want to be. If you do not have the reluctance of a biblical prophet, you likely do not have a message from God. If you

Feed Me!: What I Long to Hear from My Pew, Wheelchair, and Hospital Bed

I have spent the better part of the last 35 years trying to become a better preacher. I would try to impress my homiletics professors and fellow seminary

Preaching 1 Corinthians through Epiphany

The star that led the sages to the Christ child was at once part of the natural world and a wonder. The weeks after the Epiphany call us to notice the wonder

How Deep Is Your Bench? The Importance of Preaching with a Sixth Woman (or Man)

For this column today, I’d like to take the chance to introduce you to our Sixth Woman.

Anyone who knows me even slightly should already be raising

Let All of Me Kneel before God’s Holy Name: A Six Part Lenten Series

This Lenten series focuses on our bodily worship of the Triune God. When we come to worship, we are to engage all of your bodies in the art and act of worship

Notes from the Field: Elections, Bulldozers, and Grief

Anybody here feel like a bulldozer has run over you a few times lately?

If so, you’re probably in a context that’s dealing with the U.S. presidential

Sermon Brainwave Q & A

Watch (below) or listen to listen to (at right) the full-length Sermon Brainwave podcast on Revised Common Lectionary texts for Oct. 16, 2016.

The podcast

A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Pastor Walk into the Pulpit: What preachers can learn from stand-up comedians (Part 2 of 2)

Jerry Seinfeld said, "Being a comedian is like being a murderer; no matter what people tell you, you're probably going to do it anyway." Preaching

Authentic Preaching

The preacher in me is tired. She absorbs so much of other people’s pain that she forgets (or avoids) attending to her own pain. Sometimes she feels

A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Pastor Walk into the Pulpit: What preachers can learn from stand-up comedians (Part 1 of 2)

What preachers do is more than a little bit crazy. “The foolishness of our proclamation,” as Paul put it, is quite literally all that we have

The Spirit Catches You and You Run and Hide

The title to this article is a riff on the 1997 book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. It’s the story, ultimately,

Preaching through Congregational Conflict

People who have an idealistic view of the church are likely to be taken aback when they realize that conflict is a part of congregational life. Sunday morning

How to Preach to Mikey (and His Parents)

Working Preachers, does this sound familiar: you’re wheeling your cart through the grocery store when you see the nice young couple from church who

Preach Like an Artist

“A flower is relatively small,” Georgia O’Keeffe once wrote. “Everyone has many associations with a flower -- the idea of flowers

Sensing the Gospel: A Five-Part Series of Meditations for Lent

“We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands,